PMB shelter to closed

2010-12-06 00:00

HUNDREDS of people living in shelters provided countrywide by the Salvation Army, including the one in Pietermaritzburg, will find themselves homeless at the beginning of the new year. Its headquarters in Johannesburg has decided to close some of the shelters by the end of December.

A spokesperson, Captain Piet Semeno, said the church “has completed a strategic review of its services and ministry in the southern Africa territory and a number of changes affecting its shelters will come into effect at the end of the year”.

Semeno said this will involve the closure of general shelter and goodwill centre services at four of its institutions across the country in December and four more in September next year.

“It’s a shift in our ministry … from institutionalised care to a community-based model as we are trying to do more and serve our community better.

“It is clear that some social services no longer contribute significantly to the mission of the Salvation Army. Our shelters currently house between 500 and 600 people in total and we are spending a lot of money to help only a small proportion of the thousands who are homeless.

“The institutional model is no longer sustainable,” said Semeno.

Affected homes that face closure on December 31 are Bloemfontein Men’s Hostel, Durban Family Care Centre, Hope Goodwill Centre in Pietermaritzburg and the Haven of Hope Family Care Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Vereeniging Goodwill Centre, Johannesburg Social Services, Pretoria Family Care Centre and Cape Town’s Beth Rogelim Men’s Hostel have been earmarked for closure on September 30 next year. The future of the Krugersdorp and Benoni goodwill centres is still unconfirmed.

Semeno added factors in the decision were finance, property and personnel, as well as a strategic change. “The strategy is to provide services to more people in a cost-effective way. The closure of these homes is consistent with several other Salvation Army territories around the world, and is not unique to the southern Africa territory.”

He said the decision will not affect other residential programmes, which include children’s homes, rehabilitation centres, homes for abused women and centres for the care of the elderly.

Semeno appealed for donations from the public to ensure that the Salvation Army’s work in communities is sustainable and can continue to grow.


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